Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Projector Calibration and Settings

We calibrate each home theater that is reviewed. It is a pretty standard calibration, there’s always more that can be done by some of the “hi-end” calibrators.

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Color Temperature

First, here is a repeat of the color temperture measurements for the Pure Cinema mode, right out of the box

30 IRE (dark gray) 7181K
50 IRE (medium gray) 7617K
80 IRE (light gray) 7244K
100 IRE (white) 6952K

Not terrible, but also, not impressive, as we are looking for all of those gray levels to be at 6500K.

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Basic Settings

In addition to calibrating Red Green and Blue for a correct grayscale balance (6500K), there are a number of other settings that come into play. Typically Contrast and Brightness (white balance and black balance), need to be done first. Color saturation and gamma also need adjustment.

Our final settings (numbers in parens are the default numbers)

Pure Cinema Dynamic Living
Contrast 0 (0) -5 -3
Brightness 4 (0) 1 3
Gamma
Lamp Mode A1 A1 A1
Dynamic Iris On On On
Tint 1 (0) 1 (0) 1 (0)
Zoom at mid-range Default Default Default

Important note: if you are working from any of the Presets, changes you make, are lost, and defaults return, when you leave that preset (ie. Pure Cinema), and return to it from another mode. That makes it important to save your preferred changes in one of the seven user savable modes.